SILENCE: A Theory of Action / by Kiersten Nash

Shh...You're In A Fucking [Quiet] Zone is a public performance that interrogates the signification of Title 56§1.05.D. On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, I distributed the following invitation to approximately 140 individuals on 5 continents via a daily publication known as Today's Soup:

from     Kiersten Nash
to         Today's Soup
date     Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:02 AM
re         Today's Soup

Have you heard that musicians in Central Park are now prohibited from playing in eight of the park’s most densely populated areas—including Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Garden, Conservatory Water, East Green, Shakespeare Garden, Sheep Meadow, Strawberry Fields, and Turtle Pond.

Title 56§1.05.D Rules of the City of NY dictates:
NO MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
NO AMPLIFIED SOUND

“Park signs are traditionally prohibitive — a lot of ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that,’” said  Douglas Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy. “The primary purpose of our new signs is to help visitors have as rich an experience as possible in the park – we’re telling them: ‘Do this! Try this!’”

Or, be quiet! Try silence! Unacceptable! In response, join me in: Shh. You’re In A Fucking [Quiet] Zone. During the performance, musicians, situated in each of the eight Quiet Zones, will play Silence—a musical score that necessitates all the behaviors associated with making music, but falls short of generating sound. THAT is the Public’s role—conversation.

SIT DOWN. SHUT UP. ENJOY!

All are welcome. Admittedly, I am coming late to the table. But I'm here and prepared to promote the 'natural' soundtrack of Central Park. Hope to see you on Sunday!

This initial foray into the 'public' via the security of the internet afforded the opportunity to assess or prototype the effectiveness of my communication. Responses to the invitation indicated that the intended message was communicated effectively:

from    Lindsay Broad 
to        Today's Soup
date     Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM
re         Today's Soup

Oh New York and its rules. I remember every warm day in Madison Square Park watching the guard shoo people off the grass and onto the concrete.

At Hardly Strictly this weekend in GG park it was pretty much anything goes. Over 700,000 people over three days, 6 stages of free bluegrass and essentially no rules or security to speak of except for one guideline that was repeated over and over: you better fucking compost and recycle. 

from     Lauren Farquhar
to         Today's Soup
date     Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM
re        Today's Soup

What a crying shame! Also, it doesn't make any sense. If you're looking for peace and quiet, why would you go to one of the most densely populated areas in the park (and the city)?  Also, I love that excerpt regarding social control. Our own neighborhood park is being renovated and while I'm thrilled, I do anticipate some clashes among the classes.

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